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Save Energy this Holiday Season

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Dazzling and delightful lights. Cold and cozy winter days. The holiday season is upon us but so too is our struggle to save energy.

Herewith, some super simple energy savings tips for the merriest of seasons.

1. Go with LED. This should be a no-brainer folks. LEDs use 90 percent less electricity than regular lights. Making the switch will save you money on your holiday utility bills, and reduce your impact on the environment.

2. Avoid phantom power. If our friend and eco-friendly decorator to the stars, Robin Wilson, tell us to do something in our home, we do it. Un-plug electronic appliances when not in use such as Christmas tree lights, holiday decorations, cell phone chargers, computer chords, toasters, coffee pots, etc. Put all of your electronics on a power cord and simply turn off the circuit when not in use. Timers for your lights would be a wise move.

3. Turn it down low. When you have guests, turn the thermostat down. The extra bodies in ugly Christmas sweaters will keep your home toasty at no additional cost. Voilå.

4. Buy gifts that don’t waste energy.  According to energyquest.ca.gov, 40 percent off all batteries are purchased during the holiday season. Pledge to buy energy-free gifts. (Worth knowing: Your batteries could also be producing hazardous waste. The heavy metals make batteries so dangerous in the environment. Lead poisoning, for example, can result when lead leaks into drinking water or food supplies.)

5. Be fireplace smart. If you have a fireplace, close the damper when you don’t have a fire burning. An open fireplace damper can let 8 percent of heat from your furnace escape through the chimney.

6. Replace lights with non-toxic candles. Illuminate your home with lovely, healthy candles. We’re fond of Mrs. Meyer’s vegetable wax candles. You can even reuse the jar!

7. Look for the Energy Star Label.  When shopping, look for home or office electronic products with the Energy Star label. Replacing old items with energy-efficient models can save over 25 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, and save money on your energy bills. Oh, and be sure to recycle your toxic electronics!

8. Talk to energy savings experts. There’s no better way to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and protect against utility bill hikes than by having energy efficiency experts audit your home. We’re huge fans of the Mark Group, a reputable and international energy savings company that offers a broad spectrum of products for healthier homes.

 

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Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.